Seelos Academy students share Easter joy with nursing home residents
Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 9:30 AM
During this unprecedented time in history, when students are adjusting to a school year away from classmates, and families are separated from their loved ones because of quarantine and stay-at-home orders, three young students have put aside their own challenges to bring a smile to residents of a local care facility.
Katie, Lexie, and Maggie Miller of Adams Township organized an Easter Card Drive in their neighborhood for the residents of North Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wexford that have not been able to receive visitors since early March.
Lexie was inspired to organize the drive “because the people at the rehabilitation center can’t see their families because of the coronavirus, so I just wanted to bring them a little happiness because they’re probably sad.”
The girls printed out cards and recruited their neighbors to color them and write warm wishes inside for the residents. They collected 58 cards; one for every resident, plus extras for the staff that takes care of them every day. The cards will be distributed by the center’s activity director.
Katie, (third grade), Lexie (second grade), and Maggie (preschool) attend Blessed Francis Seelos Academy in Wexford and are part of the school’s Good Samaritan Club. For Saint Patrick’s Day, the club decorated and sent notes to the residents, along with donations of small prizes for their bingo.
Jim Davis of Richland Township knows first-hand how much this means to the residents and staff. “My dad has been at North Hills Health and Rehabilitation since December 30, 2019, and before the Covid-19 Pandemic started, I visited him there 4 to 5 days a week. What became quickly obvious to me was that not many residents there receive visitors on a regular basis. I have heard from staff members, as well as some of the residents, how thrilled they are to hear from someone “on the outside”. While the staff treats their residents like family, and takes wonderful care of them, they tell me that nothing compares to the look of pure happiness on a resident’s face when they hear from someone “on the outside”.
“I hope it will bring them joy and make them feel loved,” said Katie.